George Kinnear's Blog

George Kinnear's Blog

Technology Enhanced Mathematics Education

I’m now very used to the referencing style used in education journals (e.g. “according to Author (1999)”), to the point where the numbered style more commonly used in science (e.g. “according to [1]”) really annoys me! This year I’m supervising three undergraduate projects, and I’ve asked them to use the APA style for referencing in […]

Proofs are an important part of mathematics. In many courses, proofs will be important in two ways: reading proofs – e.g. to understand new ideas in the course through the proofs of important results, and to see applications of earlier concepts or theorems, writing proofs – e.g. to show understanding of ideas from the course […]

I’m working on a paper just now about my online course, Fundamentals of Algebra and Calculus. I’d like to include a high quality screenshot to show what the online course materials look like, and have finally found “one weird trick” that makes it easy! I learned about this from a bit of googling, which led […]

Last week’s topic in FAC was complex numbers, and I’ve had some difficulties with STACK questions asking students to give their answer in polar form, e.g. when the correct answer was 4*(cos(pi/3)+i*sin(pi/3)) an answer of 4*(cos((1/3)*pi)+i*sin((1/3)*pi)) would be marked incorrect! The issue was that: with simplification turned on, Maxima will automatically simplify polar form to […]

This post is part of a series on marking remote exams. We’re using Gradescope to mark 5 of our remote exams at the moment. Here, I’ll outline the process that we’ve used. Preparation As with all our exams, we go through a process to prepare a folder of anonymised PDFs, one for each student. Gradescope […]

Throughout April and May 2020, we’ve had 42 different exams running remotely in the School of Mathematics. These would normally have happened in exam halls, with students writing on paper and the scripts then passed around between staff for marking and moderation. With the exams now happening remotely, students have instead been scanning their work […]

On Friday, I took part in a workshop on “sharing mathematical writing” with some colleagues from Mathematics, Informatics and Physics. We’re all thinking about how best to arrange for students to be able to work together online, and being able to work together on written mathematics is a key requirement for our disciplines. In the […]

I was pleased when the title of this post popped into my head, as it can be read (at least) three ways: I’ve finally started this blog! Depite setting it up shortly after the service launched nearly two years ago, I’ve never got round to posting anything. I’m not making any promises, but I do […]

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